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Sensors and Microcontrollers to Augment User Experience


Sensors in exhibits offer myriad possibilities. This mini workshop will explore using the popular arduino microcontroller to sense users in a gallery space. This might take the form of switches, motion detection, automated counters, audio control, to enliven and enhance experience in the gallery. Arduino interfaces easily with ethernet, video, audio, and flash, allowing easy and exciting ways to trigger sensors from different locations.

Arduino is an open source microcontroller supported by a vast community of designers, artists, and DIY enthusiasts of all kinds. This mini-workshop will demonstrate some simple sensors, and provide a place for brainstorming for new implementation ideas.


Mini-Workshop - teaches something or explores approaches


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Miriam Langer is a professor of Media Arts at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. A graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, she is committed to spreading the word of interaction through microcontrollers, and improving her italian by using the...
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Lauren coordinates the Media Arts internship and AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program at NMHU where she works with museums and cultural institutions to place students in internships throughout the state. In addition to coordinating the day-to-day activities of the AmeriCorps and internship...